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New assessment of scenarios to guide UN-led global assessment on biodiversity


The UN Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) recently announced the start of a three-year global assessment to be guided by an adopted approach of using scenarios and models. The global assessment also measures progress on meeting the UN goals on biodiversity and sustainable development.

UN Sustainable Development Goals also require policy effort in the Netherlands


On 25 September 2015, the UN General Assembly adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Central to this agenda are 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that apply to all countries. The Netherlands already has national policy targets and policy programmes in line with the environment-related SDGs, but certain adjustments will be required.

A lower limit for future climate emissions


A new study, published in the journal Nature Climate Change, finds that the greenhouse gas emissions that the world can emit in order to limit climate change to less than 2°C are severely limited, lending further urgency to the need to address climate change.


One-pager on global CO2

Are global CO2 emissions still rising? This one-pager answers questions such as: which countries are the largest emitters? And have developed countries reduced their emissions? PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency presents the latest facts and figures.

Nature Outlook 2016

What is the potential of new coalitions of governments, businesses and citizens to contribute to the EU's biodiversity goals? In the Nature Outlook, PBL uses a new approach to explore this question. Based on the multiple visions that people and businesses have on nature, the study will elaborate four different perspectives for nature in the EU by 2050, exploring the synergies between them and identifying corresponding coalitions of actors. What are the actions they can take to bring desired futures near?

COP21 Paris

In December 2015, countries worldwide assembled at the UN climate negotiations in Paris to discuss and adopt a new international climate change agreement. PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency provided information on some of the key questions for the Paris negotiations, especially on mitigation.

Biodiversity: further decline or bending the trend?

What is happening to life on earth? What are the pressures affecting biological diversity globally, and what can be done to stop its decline? This animated film brings you to the year 2050. The choices that we as a society make today will determine what the world will look like decades from now.